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Unknown orchid

Observed: 6th June 2011 By: jakermanjakerman’s reputation in Plantsjakerman’s reputation in Plantsjakerman’s reputation in Plants
Unknown orchid
Description:

Spotted in an open area in deciduous woodland on the SW coast path

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Spotted-orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) interacts

Comments

gramandy's picture

leaves...

..quite important really - spotted or not etc. Agree with Rachy though - petals have that Southern Marsh feeling.

Rachy Ramone's picture

"So all you iSpotters out there, take note..."

... and try to take more than one photo, if possible!

It's always good to get leaves, basal leaves, flower from above, below and beside: and if at all possible, close-ups of flowers, seeds, etc.

Sometimes the defining characteristic is something like hairy stems: what's that one where one species has the stem hairy all round, the other has just two lines of hairs... you need good photos to ID that one.

Of course, none of this matters if you don't have a decent camera, and I am the worst offender as I only take my phone with me. So you won't get close-ups from me! Maybe next summer I'll try to take my proper camera when botanising...

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

martinjohnbishop's picture

In this case it is the stem

In this case it is the stem hollow (or not) which won't come out in the picture without a prod from the photographer.

Rachy Ramone's picture

Have to say I don't agree...

...as I grow Common Spotted Orchids, so I am pretty familiar with them.

Which is not a very botanical explanation, is it!

OK, in my experience Common Spotteds have bracts below the flower head - which this one doesn't.

As you rightly say, the hollowness or otherwise of the stem would be definitive, but wow, what a cruel way to make an ID.

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY